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This trail is in no way shape or form complete. 40+ miles are marked closed all along the shown "trail". several areas with no way around the closures. Fine for attempting a day trip but if you were going to use the whole "trail" you would be in for real trouble. Not knocking the trail itself but TrailLink, really makes me question its usefulness. Good thing I was in the area and decided to do a day out and back trip on the D&L before attempting to ride the whole thing.
The trail is a bit more rugged and not as well maintained as the other NJ trails, though a hybrid bike will do the job. West of Blairstown Airport there are a few short sections where you have to get off the bike and deal with steep embankments. There are also a few weird places that seem like dead ends...you come to a road crossing and need to follow it a bit before the trail resumes on the other side. They could use a little signage in these areas...having Google Maps on my phone came in handy on a few occasions.
A good starting point for the Western section is the park at 5 Foot Bridge Lane in Blairstown, and for the Eastern area there's a small lot at 106 County Rd 519 in Newton.
Don't even think of going if it's been raining in the last few days. The last time I went there I parked at the Foot Bridge Lane lot in Blairstown and headed East...I slogged through and around mud flats for a few miles before I came to an impassable one and had to turn around. You also learn pretty quickly to be on the lookout for horse calling cards.
Other than these drawbacks it can be a nice ride...people you meet are friendly and for the most part you're away from traffic noises and off the beaten path.
I just discovered the trail and rode it for a few miles earlier today, starting in Bristol. I thought the trail would have gone right next to the Delaware River (like the Schuylkill River Trail), but the path is a bit inland from the river. The path is small gravel. It’s not the most scenic path, but it’s in decent shape. I’ll probably only ride it again if I have the time to make it up to. We Hope.
Simple, a short ride through the woods. Not much to look at besides trees, the end is anticlimactic. Good for beginners.
I saw someone else doing a review and she was absolutely right it does need benches.
I know a lot of people that are using this for biking don’t like how it is broken up but for walking the shorter ones are easier it kind of makes you feel accomplished.
People use the trail for horse back riding, not sure why the horse can't have a poop bag on them, or why riders do not have to clean it up. This trail should be for everyone. Great place to get shoes covered in horse poop and good luck on a bike you will be covered in it.
Thought I could make a day trip of biking and paid $10 to park at Milford Beach with the intent of taking the 31 mile trail then return back to the parking lot. The trail is easily accessible from the parking lot. All good for about 3.5 miles on a beautiful gravel path. Passed by Raymondskill area and found that one I had two choices with the bike - climb up very steep rock rustic steps or take the highway (206/209?) on my bike. Riding winding roads with cars zooming by wasn’t an option for me.
Drove all the way across the state from PGH. Went to the southern part/start of the trail. It’s a grass trail and has no parking, not even at a near by business/plaza. So we drove further north up the trail. The lowest access/parking spot was not accessible due to the bridge being closed. After that, we gave up. (Side note, if you’re not familiar with this area keep in mind that the traffic is horrific. I-80 was gridlocked in both directions (one being a toll stretch ugh) and there was no accidents. Locals said that’s the norm. It took us 35min to drive 6 miles. Then the same thing back. I would suggest avoiding the southern end of this trail, it’s a complete hot mess.
The bridge over high falls creek north of ringing rocks Park is out. The creek gorge is 20-25 feet deep. It’s extremely difficult and dangerous to carry bikes up and down the sides of the gorge.
Yesterday I rode the section of trail from the trail head at the west end of the 21st street bridge in Northampton to the Gap above Slatington. The round trip was a little under 24 miles. The terrain to the gap is mostly up hill with a gain of 475 feet. Most of the trail is in deep shade which made the heat tolerable. The entire atmosphere is really great. This section of the D&L trail is in very good condition. The fine stone base is well compacted yielding a nice hard surface. It may have rained recently because there was almost no dust. There is a nice little park area in Slatington with rest rooms and a food trailer only a short distance from the trail. I didn't stop this time, but plan to stop for food on my next ride. I only have one complaint about this section of trail. There are a couple of gates where the trail crosses country roads. The gates are closed and have poles on both sides to block motorized vehicles. The polls are too close together and pose a hazard to people on bicycles. Other than that, this and the Lehigh Gorge section are my favorite sections of the D&L trail.
Had a great ride just had to move my starting point south about 3 miles from the Viaduct, due to construction on the trail. Trail is in great shape and made it to Carbondale. Just would of been nice to know the trail was closed to the NY line.
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